Mission
 
Our mission is to strengthen the Cape Fear Region by increasing access to affordable, safe, healthy housing.
 
Objectives
  1. Envision the housing opportunities necessary to strengthen our community and improve the quality of life for all.
  2. Advocate on behalf of low and moderate-income individuals and other marginalized groups; influence public opinion and public policy.
  3. Educate the private and public sectors about fair housing rights and affordable housing needs, issues and best practices.
  4. Bring together housing professionals and other stakeholders to understand the community’s concerns and priorities; execute collaborative plans of action.
History
 
In early 2003 a roundtable discussion was held among the City of Wilmington Community Development, Wilmington Housing Finance & Development, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear CDC and AME Zion Housing Development, all local non-profit developers (CHDOs). They determined there is a need to form an affordable housing coalition.
 
The idea grew from the fact that a coalition would facilitate non-profit agencies, businesses, government entities, and others interested in homelessness/affordable housing issues to work together on common goals. The participants felt that a coalition would be proactive rather than reactive and would present a united voice to policy-makers and the community at large. The coalition became incorporated in May 2005 and its formal bylaws were adopted in September 2005.
 
In 2012, the coalition decided it was time to expand its membership and broaden its impact. After a year of strategic planning, the board members restructured as Cape Fear Housing Coalition and approved new objectives (outlined above). 
 
The intent is to invite more stakeholders into the conversation to develop and execute community-wide strategies to meet the housing demands and needs of the future, especially those that are not met by the market. The coalition envisions a day when everyone in our region has the opportunity for a safe, healthy, affordable place to call home. 
 
Past Chairs include:
  • Rev. Jones, AME Zion Church
  • Gwen Flowers, G. Flowers Realty
  • Louis Rogers, Self Help Credit Union
  • Jonathan Barfield, Barfield & Associates REALTORS®
  • Barbara Birkenheuer, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Pam Rancke, BB&T Mortgage
  • Carey Disney Ricks, Cape Fear Public Utilities
  • Toronya Ezell, AMEZ Housing Corp.
  • Jane Roberson, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • JC Skane, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry